CAN THO (VNS)— Mekong Delta provinces plan to create jobs for around 400,000 workers this year, an increase of 100,000 people from last year, according to the Southwest Steering Committee.
In order to fulfil the target, the provinces will change the labour structure towards non-agricultural sectors.
In a bid to create more jobs, small-and medium-sized businesses, trade villages and cooperatives will be given priority in accessing loans, while disadvantaged groups of labourers will receive more assistance in vocational training and in seeking employment.
The provinces will work to improve the quality of vocational training to meet the labour market's demands.
Sending workers abroad after giving them careful training in both professional skills and working disciplines will offer an alternative solution. These people would receive further assistance in finding jobs after completing their contracts overseas.
According to the Southwest Steering Committee, the Mekong Delta region comprises 14.6 per cent of the country's total vocational training centres.
The region is home to a population of over 17.3 million people – approximately 19.7 per cent of the whole country's figure, encompassing 13 cities and provinces, according to the General Statistics Office.
The committee said, however, that the quality of vocational training in the region is limited, while workers' skills are not high enough to meet the labour market's demand.
Up to 70 per cent of the local labour force has not received any vocational training, while the rate of unemployment and under-employment in the region sits at more than 20 per cent.
For 2013, the Southwest Steering Committee has set a plan to achieve a GDP growth of 10-11 per cent, increase the income per person to VND37 million (US$1,800) per year and raise the total number of workers that receive training to 43 per cent.
The region's income per person per year reached VND32.3 million last year, an increase of VND5.3 million against 2011's figure.
The economic restructuring process in the region is reportedly slow, with agriculture currently making up over 38 per cent, industry nearly 26 per cent, and trades and services nearly 36 per cent. — VNS